Who We Are
Did you know that the Queensland Arboricultural Association Inc. was created on a phone call in early 1992. “Yeah, let’s do it” was the beginning of our journey. The QAA was founded to encourage more young contractors to join the industry, to keep them safe, and bring the community together. Our goal was to make QLD arborists feel like a part of something bigger.
We were so passionate about the industry, that the early committee meetings commonly ran for 2‑3 hours at a time. Sometimes longer. Our Executive Committee fluctuates in size but the passion for growth and industry development never changes.
Tragedy struck our community in 1996 when Roy Layton lost his life in a climbing accident. His equipment failed and he fell out of the tree he was working on. We will never forget. A Bottle Tree (Brachychiton Rupestris) was planted at Mt Coot‑Tha Botanical Gardens in his memory. Bottle Trees were Roy’s favourite.
The Bottle Tree was later added to the QAA’s logo as a reminder of our goal – to reduce accidents and keep arborists safe. We want to build on that purpose by showing our members that we still care about the things you care about. We are committed to thinking outside the box to find new ways to support our members and the industry.